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StoriesPrep School

Old School Meets New School

Here’s to new beginnings. Embodying the fresh chill of autumn with a modern twist, Prep School greets the season with vintage inspiration partnered with delightfully youthful whimsy.

Envisioned by Fireclay Tile Design Consultant Katie Emigh, Prep School is a nostalgic homage to back-to-school style. Embracing individuality with a subtle nod to convention, it’s everything you love about The Breakfast Club with a grown-up Mad Men touch.

Pairing the relaxed flair of a letterman jacket with the crispness of a pressed oxford shirt, these picks pair classic style with the timelessness of youth. Score extra credit with textile-inspired patterns like argyle and plaid.

Your Prep School Cheat Sheet

Consider this your Prep School study guide. Our Prep School Sample Pack includes Frost, Morning Thaw, Jade, Mustard Seed, Navy Blue, and Chaine Homme in White Wash.

* The Prep School Sample Pack includes five 2x4 sample colors in Frost, Mustard Seed, Jade Morning Thaw, and Navy Blue, and one Chaine Homme shape sample in White Wash.

Shop the Story

See a look you love? Shop the story with some of Katie's very favorite color and pattern picks.

How Do You Do Prep School?


Fireplace Perfection

A vintage marbled fireplace set against a dark and dreamy Navy offset tile leaves us burning with envy.

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Gain Perspective

Geometry, anyone? Mix your favorite Prep School hues into a Escher-inspired pattern using our Small Diamond Tile.

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Color Theory

Bordering on turquoise, Jade’s subdued blue hue plays well with statement-making patterns.

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Mad About Plaid

We can't get enough of this plaid-inspired tile floor, dreamed up by interior designer Jessica Lynn Williams.

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The Perfect Throwback

Just the right shade of chartreuse with a velvety matte finish, Mustard Seed is our go-to-hue for retro style.

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Advanced Pattern Placement

Use your Sample Pack to experiment with pattern. Layer it on with your favorite accents for an instant inspiration board.

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Study Buddies

The Runway Collection’s menswear-inspired patterns are the perfect counterparts to Prep School’s refreshed retro palette.

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Lookin' Sharp

Look to the classics. Timeless textile patterns like argyle and plaid can inspire the most unique tile designs.

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Get Creative

Want to maximize your style cred? Consider installing a fun floor pattern in an unexpected place, like the living room or study.

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Ahead of the Curve

Put Prep School to the test with our exclusive Sample Pack. Five colors offer endless possibilities.

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A Modern Classic

All it takes is an accent color to bring a piece of Prep School home, like this modern kitchen’s striking tile backsplash.

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Dynamic Duo

Contrasting colors can add new dimensions to your pattern, like our Knit Small Diamonds in Frost and Mustard Seed.

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